The Diwan of Sidi Muhammad ibn al-Habib

The Diwan of Sidi Muhammad ibn al-Habib :
Arabic with English Translation,
*[A5] Paperback - 280 pages, New Revised Edition,
by Sidi Muhammad ibn al-Habib [d.1391.h],
Translated by: Abdurrahman Fitzgerald of Marrakech,
& Fouad Arasmouk and Moulay Abdelkebir al-Belghiti,
Published by Editorial Qasida, Spain,
Printed by Quilliam.

Back in Stock | 24th February 2023

Description :

"A welcome new translation of a classic text of Sufi poetry by a great Moroccan scholar and spiritual master who died in 1971 at the age of 103. He left this famous Diwan, a collection of sacred poetry, as a guide to the sincere seeker of gnostic truths.

This fresh translation by A.R. Fitzgerald and F. Aresmouk is intended to facilitate this for non-Arabic readers, by including transliterated text and translation as well as the original Arabic, with numbered poems and a table of contents for easy navigation. Included is also the original introduction and litany by the Shaykh as well as a biography of him by Moulay Abdelkebir al-Belghiti, a biography hitherto unseen in English.

Contains Arabic with English Translation and Transliteration. See image below for sample page.



Shaykh Sayyidi Muhammad ibn al-Habib ibn as-Siddiq al-Amghari al-Idrisi al-Husayni (1876 – January 10, 1972) was an Islamic teacher, author, and shaykh of the Darqawa (Shadhilli) tariqa in Morocco. Muhammad Ibn al-Habib was born in Fes in 1876. At the proper age, he went to the Qur'anic kuttab at Qantara Abu'r-Ru'us where he studied with Sidi al-Hashimi as-Sanhaji, learning Qur'anic reading, writing and recitation. He also studied with Sidi Ahmad al-Filali in the school of Qasba an-Nawwar and memorised the Qur'an under him. In about 1894, he began studies at the Abu'l-Junud Mosque, studying with Sidi Mahmad al-Irari, concentrating on the Ajrummiyya, the Alfiyya, as-Sullam by al-Bannani and at-Tirmidhi's Sham?'il.

Then in the Al-Qarawiyyin mosque, he studied Khalil's Mukhtasar including its commentaries by az-Zurqani, al-Bannani and al-Kharashi, with Sidi Ahmad ibn al-Jilali al-Amghari. He studied the Tuhfa with the commentary of Shaykh at-Tawudi ibn Sawda and the Collection of the Adab of the Teacher and Student by Shaykh Khalil with Sidi Abu Bakr ibn al-'Arabi Bannani. He studied part of Sahih Bukhari and the Hikam of Ibn 'Ata Allah with Ahmad ibn al-Khayyat az-Zargari.

He studied az-Zaqqaqiyya with the margin which the shaykh himself wrote, with Sidi 'Abdu's'-Salam al-Huwari; the Alfiyya with the commentary of al-Makudi and al-Muwaddih with Sidi Khalil al-Khalidi; part of the Jami' al-Jawami' and part of the Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal with Muhammad ibn Jaafar al-Kittani; Khalil's Mukhtasar, a summary of the Mukhtasar as-Sa'd, and part of Tawhid al-Murshid with the commentary of Shaykh at-Tayyib ibn Kiran with Sidi J. Muhammad Fatha Junun.

From Moulay 'Abdullah ibn Idris al-Badrawi, he learned Sahih Bukhari, part of Khalil's Mukhtasar, al- Isti'ara of Shaykh at-Tayyib ibn Kiran, and part of the Hamziyya by al-Busiri with the commentary of Ibn Hajar. He learned part of Khalil's Mukhtasar, ash-Shifa' by Qadi Iyad ibn Musa and part of al-Murshid al-Mu'in by Mayyara from Sidi Hammad as-Sanhaji. He also studied al-Murshid al-Mu'in from Sidi Muhammad ibn 'Abdu'r-Rahman al-Filali.

Teachings :

He stopped his studies in 1901 and began voluntary instruction at the Qasba an-Nawwar mosque, teaching al-Murshid al-Mu'in, Khalil's Mukhtasar, the Muwatta of Imam Malik, as-Sanusiyya, and tafsir. He continued to undertake the tasks of his educational and secondary work until he immigrated to Meknès in 1936. There he continued his scholarly activity by giving lessons in the Zaytuna Mosque on tafsir and fiqh using the Risala of al-Qayrawani, and in tasawwuf using the Hikam, al-Murshid al-Mu'in, the ash-Shifa of Qadi Iyad, Bennani's commentary on Imam al-Akhdari's as-Sullam (a short poem on logic), and al-Makkudi's commentary on the Alfiyya of Ibn Malik, a 1000 lined poem on the sciences of the Arabic language.

His Ijazah & Journeys :

Shaykh Sidi Badr ud-din ad-Dismishqi gave him a written ijazah in Damascus and he also received one from the Qadi of Tlemcen, Sidi Abu Shu'ayb, and oral ijazahs from Ahmad ibn al-Jilali al-Amghari, and Sidi Abu Bakr ibn al-'Arabi Bannani. In 1931 he went to Makkah for hajj and met with many scholars, including Shaykh Bakhit al-Muti'i and Shaykh as-Simaluti. In Syria he met Tawfiq al-Ayyubi and Badur'd-din ad-Dimishaqi. Later he travelled to Algiers and met Sidi Muhammad ibn Jalul and Sidi Ahmad in Blida, and Sidi Muhammad al-Qadi in the Oujda area. While there, he gave lessons on Sahih Bukhari and al-Murshid al-Mu'in with the commentary of Shaykh at-Tayyib ibn Kiran.

Table of Contents :

---Transliteration Key,

---Biography of the Shaykh,
------To Proceed,
------His Birth and Upbringing,
------His Works as a Teacher,
------Following the Sufic Way,
------His Role as Shaykh,
------Founding the Tariqa,
------Participation in Jihad,
------His First Pilgrimage,
------His move to Meknes,
------The Role of the Zawiya for Spiritual Training and It's System,
------Celebration of the Mawlid,
------The Fundamentals of the Tariqa,
------Concerning the Revival of Learning and Sufism in Meknes,
------His Second Pilgrimage,
------His Efforts in Spreading Knowledge and the Tariqa,
------His Death,
---Appendix I : Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib's Studies.

---The Shaykh's Introduction,
---The Noble Wird of Muhammad Ibn al-Habib,
------Transcription and Translation.

---[1]. Yaqulu 'ubayda-Llahi - The Meanings and Merits of the Noble Word,
---[2]. Fa in Shi'ta - If you Would Ascend the Path of Lovers,
---[3]. Sharibna mina-l-anwar - We Drank from the Lights,
---[4]. Saqani Hibbi - My Beloved Gave Me to Drink,
---[5]. Yaqulu 'abdu Rabbihi - The Tenets of Unity,
---[6]. Yaqulu afqarul-Wara - Buraq of the Way,
---[7]. Al-Hamdu li-Llahi wa Salla Llahu - The Extraordinary Gifts of the Path,
---[8]. Tajarrad 'ani-i-Aghyari - On the Merits of the Mighty Name,
---[9]. Laka-l-Hamd - Praise,
---[10]. A Ya man Yurid Qurban - Oh You Who Wish for Nearness,
---[11]. Tafakkur Jamila-s-Sun'i - Reflection,
---[12]. Qad Kasana Dhikru-l-Habibi - The Robe of Nearness,
---[13]. Nahnu fi Rawdati - In the Meadow of the Messenger,
---[14]. Qad Bada - My Beloved's Face Appeared,
---[15]. Muhammadun Mansha'u - Muhammad is the Source of Light and Shade,
---[16]. Astaghfiru-Llah - Asking Forgiveness,
---[17]. Al-Wahm - Illusion,
---[18]. Ya man Yurid - Seeing the Divine,
---[19]. Sa'altu Qalbi - I Asked my Heart,
---[20]. Salamum 'ala-l-Ikhwani - Counsel,
---[21]. Ya Taliba-l-Fana' fi Llah - O You Who Seek Effacement in Allah,
---[22]. Ruhi Tuhaddithuni - My Spirit Speaks to Me,
---[23]. A Shamsun Bada - Unveiling,
---[24]. Fa in Shi' ta Tathiran - Purification,
---[25]. Tazawwad Akhi li-l-Mawt - Make Provision, My Brother, For Death,
---[26]. Ahimu wahdi - I am Alone, Ecstatically in Love,
---[27]. Kam Laka Min - How Many Blessings,
---[28]. Salamun 'ala Ahli-l-Hima - Greeting to the People of Protection.

------Supplication after the 5 Prayers,
------Dhikr of Fajr,
------Al-Salat al-Mashishiyya.

---The Translators.




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